3656 N. Halsted Hoover-Leppen Theatre • 3rd Floor
April 20th - 30th Thursdays thru Sundays • 7:30 pm

Campsongs Productions, in partnership with Center on Halsted, presents the world premiere of House Musical - Coming of Age in the Age of House, with book by Marcus Waller, music by Scott Free with Michael Foley, and lyrics by Scott Free and Marcus Waller. House Musical is directed by Dion Walton, and will run April 20th - April 30th, 2023 at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre. The preview performance is Thursday, April 20th at 7:30 pm with a post-show discussion to follow. Opening night is Friday, April 21st at 7:30 pm. Performances run Thursdays thru Sundays at 7:30 pm, thru April 30th.

House Musical - Coming Of Age In The Age Of House tells the story of Dwayne (Clarence Young) who finds the strength to come out of the closet by sneaking into the Warehouse club, where House Music was born. House Musical is a celebration of both the BIPOC LGBTQ+ experience in Chicago and the explosion of a new musical genre called House Music. It captures the energy and excitement of that brief time when House Music was born - when young Chicago musicians and DJs were creating raw, sample-based tracks, and those tracks were becoming hits in Europe, even though they were being ignored in the U.S. At the same time, it captures the beginnings of the emerging black LGBT community of Chicago, which brought people together through shared personal struggles: standing up to bullying and homophobia, fighting discrimination within the greater LGBT community, and the bravery of battling HIV/AIDS when there were no treatments. Most of all, House Musical is a story of love and acceptance, hope, bravery, and pride.

The production team includes Dion Walton (Director), Scott Free (Musical Director), J’Sun Howard (Choreographer), Maurice Costello (Scenic Designer), Doug Herlihy (Lighting Designer), and Brian Kirst (Dramaturg).

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